Book yourself into one of these public talks about different aspects of genetics in March — or catch some Antarctic science and learn more about what people study down on the ice.
Genetics at the New Zealand Festival
Geneticist and science presenter, Adam Rutherford is appearing in the New Zealand Festival as part of their Writer’s Week in two events. Adam Rutherford has presented BBC Radio 4’s Inside Science, created several TV series and advised movie-makers (including the sci-fi movie ex-Machina, which I still must see!) and to musician Björk. He is author of Creation: The Origin of Life/The Future of Life, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize. He is currently working on another book.
Rutherford’s first event in the NZ Festival is Inside Science (3pm, Sat March 12th).
In another he will be part of a panel talking about The New Age of Genomics (9:30am, Sunday, March 13th), “discusses what advances in DNA sequencing might mean for sex, species design and resurrection, and perhaps even human survival.” The panel includes Peter Deardon (Genetics Otago, University of Otago, who writes Southern Genes at Sciblogs), Susan Morton (Director Growing up in New Zealand study,University of Auckland), and Colin Gavaghan (Director of the New Zealand Law Foundation Centre for Law and Policy in Emerging Technologies).
Richard Dawkins was to speak; ticket holders are being encouraged to retain their tickets for a later appearance (he is no longer travelling to NZ for health reasons).
I’ll let readers explore what the Festival offer under Tech Savvy, save for the Antarctic event covered below.
On the ice
Science historian, Rebecca Priestly, accompanied by Tim Naish and Rhian Salmon, will be speaking on Ice Science (5pm, At March 12th). Rebecca Priestley will also feature in the launch of the book Dispatches from Continent Seven: An Anthology of Antarctic that she edited (published by Awa Press). It’s free – at the Black Sparrow Bar, Embassy Theatre, 6pm March 12th (Wellington). (I’m told this book features a chapter by one of our scibloggers, Victoria Metcalf, who writes at the Ice Doctor.)
Genetics from the Royal Society
Adam Rutherford will also be touring New Zealand, with events in several cities. These are panels events, including local scientists, each covering different aspects of genetics.
March 15, Christchurch, Aurora Centre 6pm: Genetics and disease
March 17, Dunedin, St David Lecture Theatre, 7:30pm: Conservation genomics
March 21, Tauranga, Tauranga Yacht Club, 7pm: Family and genealogy (refreshments from 6:30pm)
March 22, Auckland, Auckland Museum Events Centre, 6pm: Genetics and health
Bookings for these can be made following the links provided at the Royal Society website.
The cover photograph is a low resolution image of von Walther Flemming’s illustration of cell division (mitosis) featuring chromosomes (the dark stained lines in the middle of the cells). The image is public domain, sourced from Wikipedia. The original is from 1882.